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Mission of Burma's sonic fury still burns

It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2012
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 2011

Birdsongs on the road

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic enjoyed a curiously successful career from their very first show, a release party at Kenmore Square's deceased Rat for the Modern Method label's local comp A Wicked Good Time .

By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009

Volcano Suns | The Bright Orange Years and All-Night Lotus Party

I'm one of those rare specimens who, thanks to the vagaries of time and fate, got into Volcano Suns before Mission of Burma.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 03, 2009

The ignorami

Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Local influence

In a day when so much radio seems less and less local, WFNX remains in touch.
WFNX is keeping it close to home
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 01, 2008


Idol hands

The band, as always, sounded fantastic, especially if you’d been listening to the record all week in preparation.
Mission Of Burma at Pitchfork Music Fest, Union Park, Chicago, July 18, 2008
By DEVIN KING  |  July 21, 2008

Remasters of the universe

The adage “All things come to those who wait” tends not to find too many useful applications in rock and roll.
The ‘definitive’ Mission of Burma
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 09, 2008

In with the new

Mission of Burma left the building last Sunday without playing the “hits.”
Mission of Burma, Institute of Contemporary Art, September 23, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 24, 2007

Mission Of Burma

This well-done documentary traces the beatific arc of Mission of Burma’s evolution from a clutch of scrappy punk outfits to one highly creative scrappy art-punk outfit to ashes to current resurrection.
Not A Photograph — The Mission Of Burma Story| MVD
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006

Boston music news: September 15, 2006

Mission of Burma, who’ve sold about 20,000 copies of their latest Matador CD, The Obliterati , begin a seven-date West Coast swing this week. Mission of Burma, "Donna Sumeria" (mp3)
Notes on Mission of Burma, Beat Circus, and Smoke or Fire
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 14, 2006


Legendary restarts

If back in 2001 you’d told me or just about any other right-minded music fan that the legendary Mission of Burma would have two new studio albums to their name within five years, the polite response would have been, “Yeah, right.”
Mission of Burma drop the second CD of their second career
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 26, 2006

Mission statements

You can tell a lot by a man’s record collection, and even more by his DJ set. And if not? Well, you still got to hear the new Burma record The Obliterati at the Enormous Room.
Brazilian funk, Missy Elliott, and other things you wouldn’t expect to find in Mission of Burma’s record crates
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 24, 2006

Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story

This music documentary from David Kleiler Jr. and Jeff Iwanicki about three (sometimes four) self-depreciating Boston guys who never in a million years expected to be making music in 2002, to say nothing of 2006, is a great story with a real arc.
Acclaimed Boston post-punk rockers get reunion documented
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 19, 2006

Post-punk prophet excerpt

An Excerpt from Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
By SIMON REYNOLDS  |  March 23, 2006